I both think and hope Norwich will. If it wasn't for their vanity project managerial appointment in Adams they would have won the league, much better for us that they aren't around next year. Boro would lose their loanees, Brentford lose Pritchard and Warburton leaving puts a question mark against them next year. Murphy has had his season in the sun, so I cannot see Ipswich improving next year either and they weren't anything better than solid this year.
Its wide open with a local derby over two legs anything could happen, you would think Ipswich would have more bottle which matters more at this stage. In the final again its the team that can stay calm under pressure. Ipswich for me.
1. Norwich have the squad
2 Bora have the defence
3. Brentford have the momentum
4. Ipswich have the manager play off experience
I can see Ipswich squeaking past Norwich if they dont lose at home. If Norwich win at Portman road it will be them in the final. Brentford need to put the tie to bed in their home game. If not Bora at the riveRside will be too much.
I want Norwich to do it on the basis they'd be very strong still next season, just can't see Ipswich beating them over two legs.
Every time I've seen Ipswich this season they've been average at best. I think the Brentford v Boro tie is hard to call but I think Boro will just edge it.
Got a quiet moment at work, so worked out the mini league between the four.
Obviously, results from September don't hold much bearing in May, but Middlesbrough's record is very impressive. I can't oppose them, but losing to Fulham and drawing against Brighton is not promotion form.
The Ipswich v Norwich tie is very similar to our tie with Albion in 2007, two big rivals with one just dropped out the PL with a strong squad and the other making the play offs on a shoe string budget.
I think Ipswich will push Norwich but I think Norwich extra bit of quality will see them through.
I can see Brentford doing it, they seem to have finished the strongest of the 4 after a rocky patch when Warburton's forthcoming departure was announced. Boro haven't looked too convinced when I've seen them against other top sides lately, Ipswich lack the quality of the other 3 and Norwich don't look quite as formidable as they did a month or so ago.